As it can sometimes be a challenge to find out about all those writing competitions out there I decided, for 2015, I would do a monthly round up of a selection of competitions with upcoming deadlines. There are still a number of competitions (free and paid) with deadlines a little way off in my last Competition post – so check those out for opportunities not mentioned below.
Nottingham Writers’ Club National Writing Competition
Deadline: 31st January
Entry Fee: £5 for postal entries, £6 on-line
This competition is looking for short stories of up to 2,000 words on the theme of water. Unusually this competitions guarantees that all entries will receive a few lines of feedback and advice on if the story is marketable to magazine submission; marking as a competition for relatively new writers. They therefore request if you have earned more than £300 for a piece that you refrain from entering. Prizes from £200.
Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2015
Deadline: 28th February
Entry Fee: £6
They are looking for short stories in any genre that have not been published – or won a prize – elsewhere up to 3,000 words. Prizes range from £500, £250 and £100 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and there will be an additional £100 prize awarded to a writer living in Devon.
Creative Writing Ink Competition
Deadline: 28th February (and end of each month)
Entry Fee: Free
Each Month Creative Writing Ink request short story submissions from writers of any nationality or age. The limit is 3,000 words but the genre is open and you can only submit once per month. The winning entry each month is published in their e-journal (with permission) and the winner receives £25.
Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2014-15
Deadline: 2nd March 2015
Entry Fee: £7
This competition has four sections, of which one is for a short story of up to 2,500 words based on one of the Neil Gunn quotes provided and there can only be one entry per person. For the winners there will be an award ceremony in June and there are 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of £500, £250 and £100 respectively.
Mslexia Short Story Competition 2015
Deadline: 16th March
Entry Fee: £10
Open only to women (sorry chaps) this competition is looking for stories of up to 2,200 words on any topic. Prizes include publication in their magazine and the first prize is a respectable £2,000 with optional extras of a week spent at a writing retreat and a meeting with an editor. 2nd prize receives £500 with 3rd place getting £250 and three other finalists awarded £100. The judge is Alison MacLeod.
Exeter Story Prize 2015
Deadline: 30th April
Entry Fee: £8
This competition allows for longer submissions than most with the maximum work count of 10,000 words. There is no theme, but humorous stories will also be eligible for the Trisha Ashley Award for which £200 and a trophy is the prize. The prizes for placing in the general competition are £500 and a trophy for 1st place, £150 for second place and £100 for third. Simultaneous submissions are permitted (but must be withdrawn if paced elsewhere) and should not have been published anywhere else – including the internet.
Erewash Writers’ Group Short Story Competition 2015
Deadline: 24th September
Entry Fee: £3 per story
This group offer cash prizes for their short story competition and also have numerous other competitions currently open (such as a Free Flash Fiction comp and one for New Writers). For the short story competition there is no theme, no minimum word count but a maximum of 2,000 words. Prizes range from £100 to £25 and the judge is Simon Whaley.
The Yeovil Literary Prize also has a number of open categories which this year include a a wide-open ‘Writing Witout Restrictions’ category whereupon they are searching for unique and inventive writing – from recipes to a mini-saga! They also have a novel category, short story category and poetry category – with entry fees ranging from £5-£11 and prizes between £1,000 (novel) to £100 (Without Restrictions). Closing date is 31st May 2015.